SEA BRIGHT – A feasibility study focused on relocating all borough students to a new district is proceeding in a positive direction, officials say. Gagliardi said he willprovide legal advice on thecurrent state of New Jerseyeducation law, and where thetrends may be heading. More clarity on the topic is expected in the following weeks. “You’re not just talking about our three towns and the influx of Sea Bright students. We’re also talking about school districts composed of students from West Long Branch, Oceanport and Monmouth Beach. If this is going to work it has to be done in a way that ensures kids from those towns can be educated properly as well,” Rooney said. Introduced by Senate President Steve Sweeney in April, Path to Progress is a set of 32 recommendations to rein in New Jersey property taxes through more financially prudent practices. In a July 31 interview, Long said Sea Bright taxpayers will shoulder a school tax levy of approximately $3.17 million to send 20 students to Shore Regional High School in 2019-20. Sea Bright Councilman Charles Rooney said the financial aspect of the study could be the most vexing. Highlands administrator Kim Gonzales said the study is just about complete, and in the next month-to-six weeks the cooperative effort should provide a clearer picture of the positive and negative aspects of this possible transfer, including impacts on “creed, race and religion, as well as resources for special needs students, and a financial analysis.” Long said the state’s focus on Path to Progress initiatives has “opened up this possibility.” In January, Sea Bright joined the Borough of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands in committing $20,000 each toward a study that would explore transferring Sea Bright students from the Shore Regional and Oceanport school districts to the Henry Hudson Tri-District, a system that includes Highlands Elementary School, Atlantic Highlands Elementary School and Henry Hudson Regional High School. Henry Hudson Regional High School enrollment was 314 students in 2016-17, and was predicted to reach 377 students by 2021-22. However, that projection could be high. According to the Tri-District website, Henry Hudson Regional High School’s enrollment was 304 students in 2018-19. One of the suggestions called for the increase of regional school districts, while another suggests an expansion of shared services. According to Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, the discussion surrounding Sea Bright’s sending district has long been a pain point for the borough. Rooney said enrollment“seems to be down” in theTri-District, and since SeaBright has so few students,the impact should be minimalon class sizes. According to a presentation made by the Tri-District in 2016-17, that year Highlands Elementary School enrollment increased to 193 students, while Atlantic Highlands Elementary School enrollment had reached a historic high of 338 students. “New Jersey is making an effort to reconfigure school districts for more efficiency. Our firm works with districts who are looking to reconfigure by examining the educational, financial and demographic impact. We need to ensure that the reconfiguration won’t be creating a segregated or unconstitutional school system,” Gagliardi said. Oceanport’s Maple Place School and Wolf Hill Elementary School will enroll 30 Sea Bright students this coming year. In January, following the signing of joint resolutions to cooperatively fund the feasibility study, Long told The Two River Times it is the governing body’s duty to assess all aspects of its residents’ tax bills, including municipal, county and school levies. Enrollment projections for the Tri-District, as well as those for grade school children in Sea Bright, will also be included in the report. “There are still a lot of things that need to be discussed before a transition is possible, because we need to make sure everyone is comfortable and no student’s education is disrupted in any district. But if it happens, we could end up paying half of what we’re paying now,” Rooney said of Sea Bright’s current school tax levy. The current funding formula used to calculate the tax burden of a municipality participating in a regional school district was institutedin 1975, and requires that taxlevies be allocated based onproperty values, rather thanpopulation or the number ofborough students attendingthe school. In a statement to The Two River Times, Tri-District Superintendent Susan Compton said that none of the involved school boards have been updated about the results of the study, and declined further comment concerning either adjusted enrollment predictions or the impact Sea Bright students would have on class sizes. Long noted that Sea Bright students represent about 3 percent of the Shore Regional student body, but Sea Bright taxpayers will pay 19.6 percent of the school’s budget. “We’re exploring lots of possibilities for future shared services, which could include something as small as municipal court services, or as large as trying to change school districts,” she said. Shore Regional High School Superintendent Thomas Farrell and Oceanport Public Schools Superintendent Anne R. Facendo could not be reached for comment. At the most recent meeting of the Atlantic Highlands borough council, the governing body appointed Vito A. Gagliardi and Kerri A. Wright of the Morristown law firm Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. as special education counsel. The attorneys will will be compensated with funds from the borough’s $20,000 commitment to the study. In March 2017, Sea Bright petitioned the state to force Shore Regional’s Board of Education to agree to a referendum vote for more equal distribution of the school tax burden. Previous petitions made directly to the board of education were denied. Should the feasibility study clear a path for a transfer, it could leave large monetary holes in Shore Regional and Oceanport school budgets.
The Liberian Senate yesterday evening served Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale and Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Werner with contempt charges as the two government officials appeared before the plenary of that body for separate causes.The Minister of Health’s appearance was in relation to an unsatisfactory statement he is said to have made against the Senate when he appeared on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Women and Children’s Affairs.Minister Gwenigale was reported to have accused the Senate of being among those responsible for the difficulty in containing the Ebola virus during his appearance Wednesday.The Minister also repeated his vow during his earlier appearance before the Peter Coleman-chaired committee, that as long as he is Minister of Health, the two leaders of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL), President Joseph Tamba and Secretary General George Poe Williams, will never work for the Ministry.Dr. Gwenigale further informed the Senate Committee that his decision against the health workers’ leaders was supported by his employer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who he said communicated that in her letter to the Senate in August.However, during his appearance before the Senate plenary yesterday, Dr. Gwenigale was informed that he was charged with contempt for comments he made against the Senate plenary during his earlier appearance on Wednesday, but was required to face the plenary again on Tuesday with his lawyer to show cause why he should not be held in contemp.As for the CSA boss who faced a four-hour marathon bombardment of questions from the enraged Senators, his contempt charge was prompted by a comment he made referring to those who will not favor his agency’s new earmarked policy to declare non-essential civil servants redundant, as “irrational.”Director Werner, however, later clarified that his statement was never intended for the Senate Plenary, but those who would choose to take his proposed policy to the streets with the intention of causing chaos.Werner who stood for the four-hour period of his questioning, told the Senators that those who will be declared redundant at the end of the CSA policy, will be paid for two years, and receive other benefits including training, with the option that they may be considered for future re-employment.But the Senators unanimously condemned the policy and called it a wicked plan that may plunge the country into chaos. Some Senators referred to him as unpatriotic and asked him to inform his employer President Sirleaf that the country was already on the battlefront fighting an invisible enemy, and as such she must leave the already fear-stricken citizens alone.The Senate unanimously voted to impose a fine of L$4,999 on Director Werner, and asked him to make a verbal apology to the plenary, write a letter of apology to the Senate and publish it in seven newspapers. The CSA boss was also directed to inform President Sirleaf that the Senate is not in favor of the CSA’s proposed policy to retrench non-essential civil servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fort St. John City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday March 23rd beginning at 3pm. This meeting will also include a special presentation from Dr. Hamilton about property tax ratio’s. That meeting will start at 1:30pm.Click Here for the Council Information Package for the meetingClick Here for the Meeting Agenda- Advertisement –
Curt Schilling said he will become a free agent after the season and won’t let that distract him during his fourth year with the Boston Red Sox. General manager Theo Epstein wouldn’t rule out in-season discussions for a new contract. At a brief meeting between the two Wednesday, Epstein told the pitching ace the team would not give him an extension during spring training, as Schilling had wished. “Curt’s going to be 41, and at that age we’ve got to be a little more conservative,” Epstein said Thursday from the team’s Fort Myers, Fla., site. “I want to keep feeling good every day. I don’t want to take any step back. That’s why I’m going so slow. I want to build my arm strength, get all the scar tissues out of my surgeries,” Gagne said. “I’m just trying to get back to all my pitching muscles which I didn’t use for two years.” New plan: Manny Ramirez changed plans and will not attend a car auction Saturday in New Jersey while his Boston Red Sox teammates work out at spring training, the team said. The Red Sox gave Ramirez permission to report late to camp on March 1, the day after their first exhibition, for family reasons. The left fielder’s mother recently had surgery. Epstein said after learning about Ramirez’s scheduled appearance at the auction, he spoke with Greg Genske, the slugger’s agent. “He said (Ramirez) is not going to be there, so it’s fine,” Epstein said. “He’s dealing with a family issue.” Injury update: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady was released from a Florida hospital two days after being admitted for intestinal inflammation … New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It doesn’t mean we don’t want him back. I have all the confidence in the world that if Curt wants to pitch in 2008 and he’s still pitching effectively, as I expect he will, then we’ll find a way to keep him in a Red Sox uniform.” Epstein also said Schilling will be the Opening Day starter April 2 in Kansas City. Gagne update: New Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne threw 15-20 pitches in quick succession, then took a short break and did it again after a 10-minute bullpen session and reported no pain. “It was good, fluid. There were some good ones, some bad ones,” Gagne said of his second bullpen session, his second this week. “It doesn’t hurt, nothing. … I’m probably going 50-60 percent. It went well, I’m encouraged again today.” Gagne’s primary goal is to get used to being on the mound again and building arm strength after two injury- plagued seasons with the Dodgers. He has had as many appearances as surgeries – two – last year.
The good old days are back in McElhinneys after people queued for hours for the famous store’s New Year sale.The sale started at 11am on Tuesday, December 27th and people are still heading foe the Ballybofey store today as the bargains continue. Customers came from across Donegal, Northern Ireland and even as far away as Roscommon.Senior Manager Roisin Woods said “It was just like the old days and hopefully it’s a good sign for the future.“We had and continue to have really good offers which have a lot of people coming through our doors,” she said. THE GOOD TIMES ARE BACK AT MCELHINNEYS AS SALE QUEUES RETURN was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyMCELHINNEYSQUEUESSALE
The Donegal v Monaghan Allianz Football League match takes place this coming Sunday 8th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 2pm.Patrons are advised to use Town Centre Car Parks on the day as there will be traffic restrictions in the area from 12.30pm.There will be a Park & Ride system operating from The Station House Hotel to O’Donnell Park. The Ballymacool Road will be closed at Black’s Shop at 12.30pm. Access will be granted ONLY to local residents and Aura Leisure Centre users.When St Eunan’s car park is full, match traffic approaching from Glenties Road will be turned and vehicles will be parked on left hand side of road, facing countrywards.Non-match traffic from Glenties Road will be diverted into town via New Mills bridge. PUBLIC NOTICE: TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal v MonaghanGardaletterkennyO’Donnell Park
CLUB Voodoo is promising its band of loyal customers a great night out tonight.Voodoo Vintage had been due to open tonight – but the makeover has been delayed for one week due to the storms.Voodoo had specially ordered carpets from Belgium and uniquely sourced furniture from various parts of Europe coming this week. However, due to disruptions in ferry sailing through out the week in the English channel it is impossible that they will be delivered on time.Voodoo lounge and Voodoo Gardens will continue as usual this weekend.Tabby from XFactor will be there and Live in the Greenroom is ‘In Their Thousands’.Voodoo wants to let customers know that tickets booked for this Saturday night will be honoured. Voodoo Vintage will now open next Saturday. VOODOO PROMISING A GREAT NIGHT OUT TONIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClubletterkennyVOODOO
AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week’s indictment on technical grounds. The new indictment, handed up by a grand jury seated Monday, contains two counts: conspiring to launder money and money laundering. The latter charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Last week, DeLay was charged with conspiracy to violate campaign-finance laws. Defense lawyers asked a judge on Monday to throw out the first indictment, arguing that the charge of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws was based on a statute that didn’t take effect until 2003 – a year after the alleged acts. The new indictment from District Attorney Ronnie Earle, coming just hours after the new grand jurors were sworn in, outraged DeLay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Ronnie Earle has stooped to a new low with his brand of prosecutorial abuse,” DeLay said in a statement. “He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a ‘do-over’ since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice.” DeLay and two political associates are accused of conspiring to get around a state ban on corporate campaign contributions by funneling the money through the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee to the Republican National Committee in Washington. The RNC then sent back like amounts to distribute to Texas candidates in 2002, the indictment alleges. DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin said the money spent on Texas candidates was “lawfully collected from individuals who knew what they were contributing to.”
Donegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize 2014 invite entries for this year’s competition. Now in its third year, organisers invite entries of original work from anyone over the age of 18.Poems must not have been previously published in any media, self-published, broadcast, and /or won any competition. Only poems in English are being accepted for this competition.The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3.Entry fee: €5 (covers maximum entry of up to 3 poems)Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. Please do not put your name or personal contact details on the same page as the poem(s).Post entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2014, 54 Thornberry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. On-line submissions will not be accepted.Entries must be received by the closing date – Friday, 14 November 2014.No alterations can be made to the entry once it has been submitted, and entries cannot be returned so please keep your own copy.The 2014 competition will be judged by Kate Newmann of Summer Palace Press. Further details are available on www.northwestwords.comPUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitionNORTH WEST WORDSpoetry